Not all petitions are packed with political angst and passionate calls for profound cultural change. Some simply want to scratch a frustrating itch. To bring effect to the cause.

Such is the case with a petition that calls for Ohio State to ban John Chubb — better known to OSU fans as Buck-I-Guy — from attending university functions in character.

You know of Chubb. How could you not? It is nearly impossible to watch an Ohio State football game on TV without seeing him, thanks to ESPN and other networks focusing on him in his white cowboy hat and cape.

The cameras always find him. Or does he find the cameras? That really is what is sparking the petition, which as of Friday afternoon had received nearly 5,000 online signatures.

When does “superfandom” cross the line from harmless entertainment to inappropriate behavior that actually reflects poorly not only on the “character” but on the team, franchise or university? And when is being seen more important than being a fan?

I roll my eyes at Buck-I-Guy because I don’t get it — Ohio State already has a mascot in Brutus — but also because Chubb adores the attention. No law against seeking the spotlight. And I’m sure some fans find Buck-I-Guy to be mildly entertaining, just as they do John “The Big Nut” Peters and Larry “Buckeyeman” Lokai, two other easily identified costumed characters who often appear at OSU games. Perhaps some among Buckeye Nation even see them as positive representatives of Ohio State because they show millions of TV viewers just how crazy it gets at Ohio Stadium.

If only it were just Ohio Stadium. The tipping point — what got the petition started — was when Chubb showed up as Buckeye-I-Guy at the life celebration of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce on Wednesday at St. John Arena.

It was pitiful.

“If you go to a funeral, wear a suit. If you can’t afford a suit, then nice clothes. Don’t dress like a mascot,” said former Ohio State lineman Kirk Barton, whose dislike of Buck-I-Guy dates to 2007 when he learned that Chubb had bumped his mother aside to better position himself for a camera shot.

“I know former players were disgusted,” Barton continued, explaining that Bruce’s grandson Zach Smith, who coaches the Ohio State receivers, was furious that Chubb attended the celebration in his Buck-I-Guy garb and brought attention to himself by clapping and shouting.

It gets worse. At the funeral after the celebration, Chubb wrote “Buck-I-Guy” on a poster meant to be signed only by coaches and players as a keepsake for the Bruce family. At least he did not attend the funeral in costume.

Chubb apologized on Facebook and radio for signing the poster, but the damage was done. Social media went berserk. Much of the criticism cited personal experiences with Buck-I-Guy, including being shocked that Chubb sometimes charges for his autograph.

Clearly, the issue touches on degree, depth and mostly motivation of what it means to be a superfan. On a scale that places “inoffensive clown” on one end and “narcissist nincompoop” on the other, where does a superfan rank? Are celebrities such as New York Knicks annoyance Spike Lee in the same class as John “Big Dawg” Thompson, the most famous inhabitant of Cleveland’s Dawg Pound? What separates them, besides the costume?

“This isn’t communist China or Russia. You have free will,” Barton said. “If a grown man wants to dress up and walk around, well, it’s your life. But when you infringe on someone else’s entertainment … (Buck-I-Guy) has been a poor representative of our university for too long. This was the final straw, I hope.”

Or maybe more of the same?

“He’s still winning, because we’re still talking about him,” Barton said.

Are we being too tough on Buck-I-Guy? After all, he is a private citizen. Or is he? You could argue he also is a public figure who has placed himself in position to be criticized — no different from the Ohio State players he purports to support.

My two cents: I don’t think he should be banned, but the shtick needs to be toned down.

So where does Buckeye Nation stand regarding Buck-I-Guy? Given his history, likely behind him.